Who We Are

The Golden Cross Foundation is a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The purpose of the Golden Cross Foundation is raise and distribute funds through grants to local Tennessee Conference congregations for assistance in serving older adults (60+) in their congregations and communities.

Our Duty

Because we envision a loving community that embraces older adults,

We provide resources and training to Tennessee Conference churches and  communities in support of effective older adult ministries;

Which will provide spiritual fellowship and ensure access to quality nutrition, healthcare, housing, and transportation;

Thereby sharing the love of Christ in tangible ways for the welfare of older adults, connecting the community generation to generation.

Our Vision

A society in which older adults live successfully in the embrace of a loving community.

Our Impact

Open Table Nashville (OTN) received a grant for $60,000 from the Golden Cross Foundation, a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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Bedrock Beliefs

God has created all people with sacred worth.

Every older adult is deserving of respect and access to quality of life.

We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves; community is foundational to our faith.

Aging is a natural process that involves both meaningful and difficult aspects of life.

The church has a responsibility to engage in the aging needs of the community.

We are called to serve, support, empower and inform older adults within the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Core Behavioral Values

We are committed to removing barriers to older adults so they might experience meaningful and purpose filled lives.

We exist to provide foundation grants to churches and related agencies, along with training, support and resources, for older adult ministries in the Tennessee Conference.

Our faith demands that we help to provide spiritual fellowship and access to quality nutrition, healthcare, housing and transportation for older adults in the Tennessee Conference.

We are dedicated to improving church leaders' understanding of ageism so they can empower churches to embrace and expand older adult ministries.

We are committed to successful, truthful and transparent stewardship of the foundation's resources.

Who We Are
Our Belief

Older adults deserve a life with meaning and purpose.

Our Commitment

To share and reflect the love of Christ in ways that improve the lives of older adults.

Our Promise

To remove barriers that inhibit a full life of older adults.

Our Purpose

To create opportunities for spiritual fellowship and access to quality nutrition, healthcare, housing and transportation for older adults.

Our Approach

To provide resources, training and support to churches, agencies and leadership in the Tennessee Conference for the creation of successful older adult ministries.

 

In 2030 ...

there will be 579,000 adults over the age of 65 in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church.*

As many as 64,000 will be below the poverty line.*

As many as 152,000 will have difficulty walking.*

As many as 40,000 will visit the ER due to a fall.*

As many as 145,000 will be living alone.*

As many as 227,000 will suffer from four or more chronic diseases.*

We are all called to respond.

*Figures based on average percentage across the counties in the Tennessee Conference for each category. Source: Tennesee Commission on Aging and Disabilities, 2019 The State of Aging in Tennesee, a County-by-County Snapshot.